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Digital humanities, Digital scholarship


This presentation focuses on how a set of digital humanities workshops offered to university faculty helped them incorporate new resources and methods into their teaching. The first workshop was an overview of digital tools that focused on getting started without feeling overwhelmed, ways to incorporate art and archival resources into projects, and approaches to facilitating meaningful experiences in the classroom. The second workshop refined this material by focusing on how the same idea and content could be used to create three different digital humanities projects—a collection database and map, an online exhibit, and a digital publication. The exhibitions and digital publications created for use in teaching this workshop, along with subsequent student projects, in turn became resources for additional outreach beyond the university setting. Specific strategies for planning and delivering these online workshops are covered, including next steps that led to collaborations and additional faculty and student engagement.


This presentation was delivered at the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) 49th Annual Conference: Convergence = Créativité + Collaboration, May 11 – 13, 2021 (virtual).

The presentation was part of the panel Re-imagining interactivity, publishing, and collaboration as catalysts for creativity, engagement, and inquiry.

Full panel Abstract:
Creating space for rethinking existing collaborative models and points of engagement within libraries and archives offers possibilities for everyone involved to learn and grow. Libraries can be an important driver of cross-disciplinary approaches to learning and this session will focus on expanding the ways librarians approach collaboration and teaching to encourage student growth and experimentation. The perspectives and projects are varied, which reflects the same spirit of exploration they seek to inspire. Examining models of publishing, such as those developed and employed by visual artists and visual arts theorists; rethinking how independent study can empower students as co-designers in their coursework; and using digital humanities tools and methods to encourage creative production, experimentation, and further research will provide the foundation of discussion. We will present imaginative approaches to project development, along with practical steps to implement outreach that leads to more expansive thinking about what is possible in undergraduate education.



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